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Mark Shields: Underestimating the voters’ intelligence – and paying for it

Politics can be both cruel and unsentimental. Consider the case of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., known on Capitol Hill -- since his first election to Congress in 1972 -- for his civil and amiable treatment of others, irrespective of party, and, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, ...

Jonah Goldberg: The child soldiers of the gun-control war

In the wake of the horrific slaughter in Parkland, Florida, a cadre of energized and understandably traumatized teenagers has flooded Washington and the airwaves to say remarkably passionate, occasionally extreme things about guns and the need for gun control. Because these teens are ...

Rich Lowry: John Kelly shouldn’t go anywhere

If John Kelly didn't exist, President Donald Trump would have to invent him, and he wouldn't be able to. The chief of staff has had a rocky couple of weeks -- first it was the imbroglio over ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter, and now stories of a brewing clash with Jared Kushner -- ...

Kathleen Parker: Seeking gun sanity after Parkland

WASHINGTON -- As pressures mount for Congress to "just do something" about mass shootings, Americans would do well to seek solutions closer to home. City by city, state by state, people have every right and reason to enact their own strict gun laws rather than wait for federal lawmakers to ...

Connie Schultz: And the children shall lead us

At 8:18 p.m. on May 4, 1970, just hours after Ohio National Guardsmen killed four students and wounded nine others during an anti-war rally at Kent State University, R.J. Casey of Pittsburgh sent this telegram to the mayor of Kent: "As (the) father of a Kent State student as a graduate of Kent ...

Andy Schmookler: Why is our commander-in-chief AWOL on Russia?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictments of 13 Russians who were part of the Russian attack on our American elections. So rich and full was the picture painted in the 37-page indictments of these Russians – and their attempts to sow discord and to help Donald Trump ...

George F. Will: Supreme Court has a chance to correct itself

WASHINGTON -- Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the Supreme Court, whose noblest achievement was the protracted, piecemeal repudiation, with Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and subsequent decisions, of its 1896 ruling that segregated "separate but equal" public ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Trump needs a return to King Dollar

The Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress have passed one of the best pro-growth tax bills ever. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ranks in the all-time hall of fame along with former President Reagan's 1981 and 1986 tax acts, and former President Kennedy's posthumous tax cuts in 1964. ...

Froma Harrop: Democrats need to be the third party

Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by ...

Jonah Goldberg: If nationalism is on rise, where’s outrage over Russia?

I'm confused. These days, "nationalism" is all the rage on the right. I put it in quotes because there are a lot of different ideas of what nationalism means. Some of it is just rah-rah "USA No. 1" sloganeering. For others, nationalism is basically code for white identity politics. And for ...

Robert B. Reich: Has the real meaning of America been lost?

When Donald Trump and his followers refer to "America," what do they mean? Some see a country of white, English-speaking Christians. Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from ...

Jules Witcover: The Dreamers’ approaching nightmare

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's promise to agree to the so-called Dreamers' plea to avoid deportation has been resoundingly rejected by the Republican-controlled Senate, despite heavy support among voters of both parties as seen in a CBS News poll of more than 1,200 respondents last month. The ...

Froma Harrop: Trump turns farmers into a sacrifice

Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water. President Trump's budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. ...

Rich Lowry: Have Democrats overplayed their Trump hand?

It turns out that, with apologies to Nancy Pelosi, Republicans really did have to pass the tax bill so people could find out what's in it. The GOP has made gains on the generic congressional ballot in recent weeks, with warmer feelings about the tax plan contributing to the upward trend. The ...

George F. Will: LA’s mayor deserves a presidential hearing

LOS ANGELES -- It was dicey being Jewish in a Russia that was tolerant of pogroms, and then came the threat of conscription into the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, so one of Mayor Eric Garcetti's great-grandfathers headed West to America. Another Garcetti great-grandfather married a Mexican woman ...

Andy Schmookler: Democracy on the ropes?

This is a dark time for democracy. At this point, Turkish democracy exists in name only. The leader of the Philippines has unleashed extrajudicial killing squads. Democracy in Hungary and Poland has veered sharply toward fascism. But the situations I’ve been wondering about are those in ...

Jonah Goldberg: The fallacy of ‘crumbling’ American infrastructure

It's Infrastructure Week (again), and who among us can contain his excitement? The president, for one. According to reports, President Trump wanted to announce the biggest investment in public works since President Eisenhower unveiled the interstate highway system. But in the wake of tax ...

Connie Schultz: Clinging to moments of unexpected grace

Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don't have to cook. We eat, of course, and pick at one another's plates, but it's about so much more than food. We convene, in person, to share updates from our lives in ways that unfold ...